Yin Yoga has existed nearly as long as yoga has existed, and is an excellent complement to other “yang” forms of Hatha yoga, such as Vinyasa Flow, and Ashtanga Vinyasa. This practice consists primarily of seated mat poses, which are held for prolonged periods of time, usually from three to seven minutes each. Yes! It’s a DEEP, slow practice that will challenge you in totally new ways. Whereas traditional “yang” style exercises, such as yoga routines that briskly flow from one posture to the next, running, or traditional gym workouts, generally work on flexing or contracting the muscles, Yin Yoga acts on the connective tissues, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and myofascial tissues, providing much-needed release, and slow-motion lengthening. It works on our patience, as we wait for gravity to gradually lead us into our fullest expression of each posture. It works on the ego and the heart, as we find acceptance within ourselves, honoring where we are today, in this moment, using as few or as many props as needed to experience to our comfortable “edge” in each pose. Forceful movements and striving are abandoned in a Yin class, as our only endeavor is to let stillness happen. This practice promotes flexibility and enhances range-of-motion. Yin Yoga is a highly meditative practice that brings inner calm, and allows the time and space to listen to what our bodies are telling us. Not suitable for pregnant ladies.